Petty and childish, Mr Jackson

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

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Dear Editor,

The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits. Albert Einstein.

The Opposition People's National Party (PNP) is no stranger to the land of exceptional stupidity, and its spokespersons are incredibly good at espousing it. Not a day goes by without one or the whole lot of them uttering such nonsense that it befuddles the simplest of minds.

Take the latest utterance from Fitz Jackson about the new bikes the Government has bought for the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). Fitz has accused the Government of politicising the JCF by giving them “green bikes”. Yes, I know, I could hardly believe it myself, but he said it! Of all the ways and means that could be found to politicise the JCF, if that was the intention, Fitz thinks the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) would be dumb enough to buy green bikes for the JCF!

It takes a special breed of slowness to come up with that. But, again, it's the PNP; can't expect better.

While it is so petty and childish, it goes to the heart of the current PNP thinking oppose and criticise no matter how stupid it makes them look. It's the hallmark of political desperation. One would have thought Fitz would be happy the JCF got more wheels to mobilise to fight crime.

With crime trending down, it sure will help the police more to cut it further. I guess Fitz is not happy he can't criticise the Government any more for the high murder rate. So why not criticise the colour of the new bikes?

If one should follow the logic, if you could possibly call it that, the police force needs to remove the red out of the police uniforms and off the patrol cars because it's a direct act of politicising the police force. One cannot have any red in the police force, because it must stay neutral.

We shouldn't stop there. We need to remove the red out of stoplights as we cannot have the politicisation of our stoplights. We must also take down all the signs painted in red across the country as we are politicising the safety signs on our nation's roads. Sounds absurd? It is absurd, and so are Fitz's arguments.

The trouble with this current PNP opposition is they are completely out of ideas. They have no answer to the good work being carried out by the JLP. They have nothing to counteract the massive road improvement programme taking place. They have no answer to the precipitous drop in crimes, especially murder. They have no answer to the growing economy, the decrease in poverty, the decrease in unemployment, and the impressive list of achievements under the jamaica Labour Party. So, they are left to criticise bike colours. You just can't make this stuff up.

As for the bikes themselves, they are an important addition to the mobility of the police force, something for which the hapless Fitz has criticised the Government many, many times. The colour is really beautiful. You can see those bikes coming from afar. Their visibility is way more than the white colour we are used to.

Reading Fitz's comments, one would have thought it was the election silly season.

I suppose Fitz was forced to speak up as Peter Bunting has forgotten that he is no longer the Opposition spokesman on crime and has been stealing the spotlight, leaving Fitz with the title in name only. I guess this is his attempt to get back in the news.

I guess the next thing he will be calling for is to remove the green from stoplights.

Tyrone Lewis

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